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New LP VP’s got a lot of good stuff on his plate at NRF

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Monday, June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON—I caught up with Robert Moraca at a busy time for him. Just two weeks into his new role as VP of LP for the National Retail Federation, he was amidst preparations for the June 10-13 NRF Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in Florida.

There’s lots of excitement at NRF right now, Moraca said, with many ideas floating around. Chief among those are plans to improve important public-private partnerships, he said.

He spoke enthusiastically of the NRF Fusion Center, which, at the NRF Expo, will give retailers the opportunity to meet with more than 20 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to discuss tactics and exchange critical information to counteract retail crime, all the while enhancing those important partnerships.

Moraca’s to-do list also includes organized retail crime initiatives, including more lobbying for state—and federal—legislation. Cyber issues and credit card fraud efforts are also on that long list.

Then there are the issues that “won’t go away,” Moraca said, including workplace violence, internal theft and active shooter training.

Moraca takes over for Richard Mellor, who retired in February. Mellor is now senior asset protection advisor to NRF.

Moraca’s background  and enthusiasm are impressive. I will miss speaking as often as I have with Mellor. He was always insightful and accommodating in providing information for Security Director News articles. You’ll be missed, Rich!

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Survey: Small retailers feeling insecure

Video surveillance, more, would allay fears, they say
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BOCA RATON, Fla.—Small retailers aren’t feeling too physically secure these days.

Global shrink report highlights loss prevention investment

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11/12/2013

LONDON—Retail shrink is on the rise around the world, to the tune of $112 billion with merchandise falling prey to shoplifting and employee theft.

Family Dollar uses Checkpoint system to reduce shrink

7,900 stores will use system by the end of next year
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THOROFARE, N.J.—Checkpoint Systems’ electronic article surveillance systems will be deployed in all of Family Dollar’s 7,900 stores by the end of 2014, Family Dollar says.

New 'benefit-denial approach' to retail shrink

Product renders products useless unless purchased
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05/13/2013

RICHMOND, Va.—Best Buy and a major, undisclosed office-supply retail chain are testing a new consumer-friendly packaging approach to combat theft, all the way from the supply chain to the showroom.

Amazon warehouse worker lawsuit can proceed, court rules

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05/13/2013

SEATTLE, Wash.—Attorneys representing warehouse workers for online retail giant Amazon.com estimate some 100,000 people are owed more than $100 million in back wages and penalties for time spent on security lines, according to an article from The Morning Call, an Allentow

Retailers use employee-theft databases to combat shrink

Checks and balances in place for how data is used, NRF says
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04/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—To counteract big losses from employee theft, some loss prevention experts in the retail industry are turning to mammoth databases to track employees accused of stealing retail merchandise.

Report raises awareness about return fraud and abuse

Employee collusion is rampant, but Big Data can help
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02/25/2013

IRVINE, Calif.—A new report from The Retail Equation, a developer of retail transaction solutions, examines the extent of the damage inflicted on retailers by return fraud and abuse, which drains between $8.9 billion and $17.2 billion from the U.S.

Vector Security partners with Risk Management Services to improve loss prevention

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02/19/2013

PITTSBURGH—National account retailers stand to benefit from a partnership between a loss prevention service and a security systems integrator.

Goodwill stores shift to IP surveillance

The move aids non-profit’s battle against shrink
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11/19/2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Goodwill stores are a shopping destination for many a bargain-hunter and that’s good news for the non-profit, whose re-sale proceeds go toward programs to help those with employment challenges improve their economic self-sufficiency.

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